This Benedict Abbey is standing on a rock, 519 meters above the Italian town of Cassino. During the Second World War, it was one of the import German strongholds during the Battle of Monte Cassino (17 January - 18 May 1944). It was bombed during the second phase of the battle and has deteriorated and is in ruins. Eventually, the abbey was captured by Polish troops of the 2nd Polish Corps on 18 May 1944, after months of heavy fighting.
The abbey was completely restored after the war.
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- Text: Kaj Metz
- Photos: Jeroen Koppes (1) & Wilco Vermeer (2-4)